The fifth grade at Palm Beach Day Academy is known for its traditions, from Banquet of Gods and Presidents’ Assembly to the Poetry Contest. While the Poetry Contest is typically held in-person, progressing over the course of three rounds from classroom performances to a larger audience in the Smith Family Theater for the final round, this year’s contest was held for the first time in history on Zoom.
On Thursday, May 21, the ten fifth grade finalists competed before their classmates and teachers, the Fourth Grade and their teachers, parent guests, Ms. Kemeness and Mr. Hearon to earn a placing title.
Judging each of the performances were Palm Beach Mayor, Gail Coniglio; long-time PBDA friend, past parent and Palm Beach Flagler Rotary representative, Lee Gordon; and former PBDA 5th Grade teacher and Development Director, Cynthia Kanai.
Ultimately, the three judges chose 3rd, 2nd, and 1st place winners from the ten finalists. Congratulations to Third Place winner Nahla B. for her recitation of “Alone” by Maya Angelou; Second Place winner Bohdan D. for his recitation of “If” by Rudyard Kipling; and 1st Place winner Olivia M. for her recitation of “Caged Bird” by Maya Angelou.
The other seven finalists, in order of appearance, were Matthew S. (“New York” by Anonymous); Olympia B. (“Past, Present, Future” by June Kellum); Morgan K. (“Lake Michigan at Night” by Scharmel Iris); Bella Z. (“Around the Corner” by Henson Towne); Brooks B. (“The Dream Fairy” by Thomas Hood); Rasmus R. (“What is Good” by John Boyle O’Reilly); and Matthew S. (“Don’t Quit” by John Greenleaf Whittier).